This video covers:
The component of the character 时
common word 小时
Common word 时间
Notes about this video:
Good morning, the character we are going to talk about is 时. The basic meaning of the this character is time.
The left part of this character is 日, which means sun or day. The right part of this character is 寸, which is a unit of length that we are still using nowadays.
Before the Chinese tailors make a dress for the customer, they need to do some measure. And the unit they are still using is 寸. One 寸 equals to 0.033 meters.
By the way, inch in Chinese is called 英寸.
So maybe we can understand character 时 as the measure of the movement of the sun, or measure of the day. That is time. Hope this will help you remember how to recognize this character.
I bet the first word you meet will be 小时, hour.
Three hours 三小时 or 三个小时
In our daily speaking, we use the word时间 to refer to time.